christiane amanpour and candy crowley. all at the same table. >>> the economy is climbing back. i'm christine romans. the economy is growing at the fastest pace since the beginning of 2012. driving growth? businesses. do they expect demand from consumers to surge and what happens if consumers are not buying? another critical sector to watch, housing. sales of new homes up 25% in october. the sharpest gain in 35 years. positive jobs numbers show the economy is healing. 203,000 jobs added in november. the u.s. on track now to create the most jobs since 2005. the jobless rate lowest in five years. stock market may have taken a breather, but it is a banner year for stocks. 25% of americans hold three quarters of all stocks. many americans are more concerned where the next meal is coming from than the 401(k). fast food workers striking against poverty wages. the economy, jobs, minimum wage. that is the president's agenda for the next three years. alex is the business director and chairman of the economic advisers. also with me is a former adviser to presidential candidate mitt romney.